You may have heard of or keep a gratitude journal where you jot down three unique things for which you are grateful each day. This practice, when done for just one week, has been shown to boost happiness for up to six months! I was so inspired by the concept of gratitude that I choose to name my company:
Another great practice that has positive applications for both your personal and professional life is a "success journal." It's similar to a gratitude journal but you write down three successes each day. When professionals in the workplace take just a few minutes to document and celebrate their accomplishments each day, it's helped them negotiate raises and earn better performance reviews later. Our successes definitely add up over time; we often have forgotten the meaningful ways that we've contributed to our families, community or company months later, so a success journal can help us remember and reflect.
Have you kept a gratitude journal or success journal? I'd love to hear about your experience!
"Treating yourself with kindness is the cornerstone to finding peace in a frantic world," Mark Williams and Danny Penman, Mindfulness.
On hectic days when we feel frazzled or the times when we feel criticized (either self-inflicted or from others), mindfulness can really help us shift our perspective from negativity to one of self-compassion.
Compassionate Mindfulness is a path towards balance by:
Compassionate mindfulness gives us permission to make sure that we have at least one nourishing activity each day rather than a depleting laundry list of chores. How can you mindfully nourish yourself today?
In addition to Mark Williams and Danny Penman's book: Mindfulness, other great resources on mindfulness and self-compassion are Kristin Neff (Self-Compassion and her 2013 TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvtZBUSplr4) and Christopher Germer (The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion).